325i has fuel and has been running fine previous it had start problems nothing was found wrong at dealer my wife is out of town with the car and it will not start again what can she try
Country: United StatesMake: BMWModel: 325iYear: 2003
cranked engine with peddle half way pressed down
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you are looking for possible road side solutions that will make the car start?
it is parked @ our lakehouse
so you are asking what are simple things you can try at this point? with the car sitting in a driveway? with no tools or diagnostic equipment or replacement parts?
does the starter motor crank over, or not?
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Unfortunately when a car will not start, that usually means that something has failed. Most commonly the fuel pump or crank sensor.
In terms of things you can try:
1) a second key
2) locking and unlocking the car a few times using the mecahnical key in the driver's door
3) a jump start
4) checking ALL fuses (starting with the fuel pump fuse, #54)
5) unhooking the battery for 20min to reset everything
6) replacement fuel pump relay (requires full removal of the glove box to access as well as a replacement relay, is the top left relay)
7) bang on fuel tank to see if fuel pump will start working
8) wait a while for the temperature to change and hope the issue rectifies itself
spraying starter fluid into the intake while cranking would help to isolate if it is a fuel issue or spark issue, but in your situation it isn't likely to be of much help
In all honesty these are long shots. The car will likely need to be towed for diagnostics and parts replacement to get it operational again. As I said, when a car won't start, it is usually due to component failure.
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a month ago we had the same problem called tow service daughter was using car tow drver added 2 gal of fuel and it started car was low on fuel but not empty the same problem showed up about a week later had it towed to dealer and it started as soon as they tried it they could not pull any codes does this info help or give you any ideas as to the problem
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It could be that the in tank transfer pump is not functioning to move fuel from one side to the other
it could be that there is an issue with the fuel guage displaying incorrectly
it could be that there is an issue with the main fuel pump pick up
or, it could be an intermittent failure of the crank sensor or fuel pump
there isn't much else that is common that comes to mind that would / could cause this
I would everything inside the fuel pump checked out (pump, transfer pump, level sensor).
Ultimately you may need to replicate the no start concern at a time when diagnostics can be carried out. Or equip yourself to carry out diagnostics.
a friend of mine stopped by to take a look and located a fuel line pressure release and released it and stated there is no fuel pressure tried with engine not cranking and cranking
that does not change my answer. could be crank sensor (would result in no spak and no signal to fuel pump), or could be fuel pump / fuel delivery.